A dog of this breed will patrol its perimeter routinely to ensure the protection of its herd. The Great Pyrenees protects its flock by barking and being nocturnal, it tends to bark at night unless trained against such behavior. When there is a goat in distress, the well-trained Pyrenees will protect them at all costs.
The size of the Great Pyrenees dog makes it an imposing guardian; however other characteristics include:
- Confident, gentle (especially with children), and affectionate
- Territorial and protective of its flock or family when necessary, but its general demeanor is patience and loyalty
- They are a strong-willed, independent, and reserved breed
- They are also attentive, quite fearless, and loyal to their duties
With two dogs, each for the four goat herds in our four pastures, we have no trouble with foxes, bobcats, or coyotes.
The Karakachan livestock guardian dogs are an LGD breed that has been used for centuries as an integral part of the life of the nomadic shepherds of Bulgaria for sheep and goats. These Bulgarian dogs are rare in the U.S., having only been imported as LGDs in the past 10 years. Karakachans were bred to protect their livestock against bears and wolves. Average size and characteristics include:
- Males: 26-30 inches (65-75 cm.) and 99-135 lbs
- Females: Height, 25-28 inches (63-72 cm.); weight, 88-125 lbs
- Coloring is white with dark spots or dark-colored with white markings - white being a standard marking of these dogs
- Their heads are broad and massive, with a short, powerful neck
- Their coats vary between long haired or short haired with a heavy undercoat
- They shed their coats naturally in the summer
Their gait is a springy trot, similar to the movement of a wolf - with a coyote problem, these dogs will surely be an asset to the herd.